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HomeWord - Aug. 2, 2006

Yes I Can 
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”  Hebrews 10:36    

On a cliff overlooking the sea in Cornwall, England, sits a theater built into the rocks.  If you were to see a picture of this theater, you might immediately assume that many workers and machines built this picturesque place.  However, you would be wrong, for it was the work of one woman by the name of Rowena Cade, who spent the better part of her life planning, building and funding her vision.  She spent from 1931 until 1983 building, rebuilding and creating a magic environment on the cliffs of Cornwall to give theater lovers an unparalleled experience.  To this day, visitors from all over the world sit in the hand-carved seats and enjoy various productions.


People must have thought Ms. Cade was crazy to spend her days carving seats out of stone to create this theater.  It reminds me a bit of Noah.  Remember that God gave him the task (and not a small one for that matter!) to build an ark.  He built an ark that would hold at least two of every animal and would survive 40 days and 40 nights in the biggest storm in history.  Can you imagine what his neighbors thought?  What would you do if you came out of your home to see a man building a giant ship?  If you are anything like me, you would lock your doors up tight at night and warn the police about your crazy neighbor. 


Unwavering vision and perseverance are what I believe people like Rowena Cade and Noah have.  Vision that does not waver.  Vision that is steadfast.  No one can tell them they are inept, no one can tell them they can’t – they won’t hear it.  They know what they intend to do and they head forward with determination and a steadfastness to complete their task. 


So what does the Lord have for you?  What vision has He given you?  To what purpose have you been called?  I believe each of us has a unique purpose that is waiting to be discovered.  When you pray, ask the Lord to show you what He has for your life.  And when He tells you what that vision is:  Motherhood, speaking, evangelism, teaching, serving…hold onto it.  Cling and press on with unwavering determination.  For if you do, in the end, His will and purpose will be accomplished and He will have been able to use you for greatness in His kingdom.      

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1.   Many people have visions and dreams, but not all of them come to fruition.  What do you think is the difference between the people who think and the people who do?

2.  How can you be someone who accomplishes his or her dreams and not just someone who dreams them?


Genesis 7:11-12; Hebrews 10:35-39; 1 Timothy 4:11-16

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